THE BEST DAMN DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE WEEKEND IN AUSTIN
It was an amazing trip to Austin with my good friend Sharde and her wonderful Bachelorette Party attendees. You know it’s good to just get away sometimes and spend time in the company of so many strong, beautiful women. I felt lucky to be a part of a special time for such a dear friend, who by the way is a superb foodie. Droppin a plug for ya right here because I want you to check out her channel, PakaingPal! She’s got over a hundred reviews on her Yelp too!
While out and about, I got to explore the amazingly eco-friendly, socially-conscious, efficient city of Austin and had a blast! We tried some delicious vegan/vegetarian restaurants as well. Check these out if you’re ever in the area! Sorry for the lack of photos, some were removed after I installed an update to my iPhone!
salmon roe, roe, roe your boat...
Lucky Robot Austin – I ordered the gluten-free tuna and smoked salmon roll plus two quail eggs on the side for good measure. The spicy edamame was fire, it’s stir-fried with sriracha, hoisin, togarashi, and sesame oil.
The crispy brussel sprouts were also seasoned to perfect-o! I didn't enjoy the salmon roe as much, I guess I prefer the masago!
Bouldin Creek Café – It’s a meatless café, known for its hearty vegetarian dishes! I was in the mood for something warm so I ordered the Coconut Thai Chai Tea. Then I ordered the Wanna BLT which had the best tofu bacon. I added avocado and an egg too! Cured my protein cravings! Last was a slice of the juiciest watermelon. So yum!
I did not drink all of these, I promise! :)
Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar – I once visited a rum factory as a kid in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where my dad grew up during his childhood. Ever since then, I always have to have rum with a fruity kick whenever I go out.
So I had the Hemingway Daiquiri which included Cana Brava Rum, Maraschino, Grapefruit, Lime. Then I had the Painkiller, it’s got Silver & Dark Rum, Coconut, Pineapple, and Orange. Oh ya!
It was a much-needed gluten-free, dairy-free weekend in heaven! I’ve started to go towards this route in my meal selection because I sometimes suffer from bloating like you WOULD NOT believe. I’ve looked so pregnant and had a lot of digestion problems growing up. It didn’t dawn on me until much later in life that I may have an intolerance. And although I’ve had an allergy prick test, it never showed up.
Intolerance is a bit more subtle, the only way you can truly know is if you remove the food from your diet. I don’t know what the results are yet because I’ve just started, but updates are soon to come! I hope you guys check out these fantastic spots when you visit Austin. They really do cater to so many foodies, both with or without allergies!